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Succulent Plant

Well adapted to arid environments, succulent plants store water in their fleshy leaves, stems, and roots and are sometimes known as “fat plants.” Succulents include agaves, aloes, sedums, yuccas, most cacti, and others.

Succulents are popular house and garden plants and some species, such as sedums, frequently get planted in sustainable green roofs.

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Source for Good

Source for Good

Only the juice of the agave plant is used to create syrup or tequila. Take a look at how hundreds of thousands of leftover tons of plant fiber are now being reused, possibly in your home. More...

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3M
Tequila Gives New Biofuel Crops a Shot

Tequila Gives New Biofuel Crops a Shot

Tequila in the tank? Sort of. Scientists think that biofuel distilled from agave plants would produce less than half the emissions of corn ethanol. Find out more. More...

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The Guardian
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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Saguaro Cacti

The saguaro, found only in the Sonoran Desert, is the giant “stick-‘em-up” forked cactus of cartoons and cowboy movies. Check out these awesome facts about this iconic Southwest succulent. More...

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NPR/Science Friday
Agave History

Agave History

Use of the succulent agave for food and fiber goes back 10,000 years in Mexico. It has been distilled into alcoholic beverages for centuries. Now, it’s the source of an alternative sweetener. More...

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International Organic Agave Alliance
Agave Plant and Farming

Agave Plant and Farming

Native to Mexico, agave provides a source of food, fiber, beverages, and other products. Watch the video to see how this valuable succulent is grown and harvested. More...

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International Organic Agave Alliance
DIY Green “Roof–Roof” for Fido

DIY Green “Roof–Roof” for Fido

Lucy the Lab is a lucky dog — she has an eco-friendly green-roof doghouse planted with sedum and other succulents. Plans are included, in case your family wants to build one for your pooch. More...

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Indy Week
How Do Cacti Survive in That Environment?

How Do Cacti Survive in That Environment?

Cacti survive long periods without moisture with an arsenal of adaptations that lets them make the most of every little drop of rain and dew that comes their way. How do they do it? More...

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ScienceIQ.com
Plant Scientist

Plant Scientist

Some plant scientists study succulents, others might work with food crops. Find out if this is a job you’d want to put on your short list of possible careers. More...

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Science Buddies
Roller Cactus

Roller Cactus

A roller-skating cactus — why not? Your point-and-click skills will get a real workout when you mimic the shape your cactus guy needs to take to get through the gates. More...

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